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July 24, 2008 11:18 AM

A bit more from the Pac-10

Posted by Bob Condotta

Here are a few more interesting things I've heard from Pac-10 media day:

--- Rick Neuheisel began his session by thanking the UCLA administration for hiring him and saying "there's been a lot said about me the last five years. It is what it is. I'm just looking forward to the opportunity.''

--- Asked about his team's QB situation, Neuheisel joked to the questioner "do you have any eligibility?'' He said Pat Cowan is out for the year with a knee injury but that Ben Olson, recovering from a foot injury, should be ready by mid-August. The backup could be JC transfer Kevin Craft.

--- Cal coach Jeff Tedford left open the possibility that the Bears will play both QBs --- Nate Longshore and Kevin Riley --- this season, saying "it may take both of them for us to achieve our goals this season.''

--- He also said he thinks the team's chemistry will be better this season, something the coaches worked on during the spring, and noted that some staff shakeups could make a difference. Tedford said he will no longer be the team's sole play caller, a role he held last year, so he can spend more time overseeing the defense.

--- Tedford said RB Jahvid Best is healthy and that he thinks the combo of Best and Shane Vereen will "give us the most explosive backfield we've had.''

--- Tedford also said he is "very, very happy'' about the recent developments in the progress of a new stadium for Cal, something that may help mute the rumors that he might be looking to head elsewhere after this season.

--- WSU coach Paul Wulff said troubled DL Andy Roof remains on the team pending a decision by the school's administration. If he is not allowed to play, Wulff said he will recommend Roof transfer so he doesn't lose his final season of eligibility.

--- Wulff also said RB Dwight Tardy has been cleared academically and is full-go for the start of camp.

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